Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Back at it- again

First, I apologize for the lack of posts over the last few months. My wife and I bought a sailboat in June and we have spent almost all of our time learning everything about it and sailing in general. Second, while there haven't been any recent posts, that doesn't mean that work hasn't been progressing on the railroad, albeit at a slower pace than usual. I have had a chance to push a few projects along, and here's a quick look at some of them.

After the last op session in May, I installed short circuit protection using 1156 tail light bulbs. I know, I know- I should have done this years ago. The photo below shows one of the bulbs inconspicuously installed in the fascia. However, once a short occurs, it becomes pretty obvious as can be seen in the second photo.

There are now eight separate power districts on the line from Logan east to Nelsonville. This should help alleviate the occasional issue with crews running switches and shorting this section of railroad. Next up will be short protection for Hollister Yard.

Two Atlas wide vision cabooses have been painted and lettered and are awaiting final weathering. Several windows in each have been blanked or filled in to represent the Class C6A cabooses that were acquired by the railroad in January of 1967.

And three of the new Walthers wide vision cabooses have been stripped and are under construction. By the time I ordered these, the undecorated versions were long gone. So I purchased the ones in the Chessie System livery and used 91% isopropyl alcohol to remove the paint. These three will be Class C8 and will be the newest cabooses on the railroad.

So that's all for now- thanks for hanging around!